Aspiring culinarians can check in anytime they like to the innovative Bachelor of Science (BS) in Hospitality Management at The Culinary Institute of America. The CIA's newest bachelor's degree major positions its graduates to become leaders in the hospitality and tourism field as they have been in the restaurant and food business for the past 71 years. With classes beginning in September 2018, the program will offer an exceptional hospitality education integrating the CIA's unparalleled culinary instruction foundation.
The Hospitality Management major will be part of the CIA's School of Business and Management. It provides an ideal mix of in-depth service management, business, and liberal arts. The unique twist is its strong food and beverage core, only available at the CIA.
"This program is exactly what we have been waiting for," says Kylie Hallinan, senior director of human resources, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. "Our company has been recruiting on campus for over 20 years and regards CIA graduates as among the best and the brightest in the culinary world. We are thrilled to learn the CIA has created a bachelor's degree in Hospitality Management to complement its highly respected culinary curriculum and offerings. It's reassuring to know we will now find that same level of expertise when exploring candidates for a variety of hotel management positions."
With almost a million new jobs being created by 2024 in the leisure and hospitality sectors, there is a growing need for educated professionals in this field who have a strong food background. Other colleges with hospitality management programs offer two or three hands-on cooking classes, at most. The CIA's food and beverage core will consist of 30 credits, and include wine studies and table service in addition to developing students' culinary and baking & pastry skills.
"The hospitality business continues to expand at a remarkable rate," says CIA President Dr. Tim Ryan. "Future managers in this field need direct knowledge of what they'll someday be overseeing. The Hospitality Management major at the CIA will provide the knowledge and experience for our graduates to create first-rate hospitality experiences and manage food and beverage operations that really stand out to guests."
In addition to their on-campus studies, students will gain valuable real-world experience in a management-focused internship and have an opportunity to study abroad during a life-changing travel experience. Once the program is underway, focused academic concentrations will be offered in areas such as event planning, culinary tourism, hotel food and beverage, and management services.
Based at the college's New York campus, Hospitality Management joins existing CIA bachelor's degree majors in Food Business Management, Culinary Science, and Applied Food Studies. The CIA also offers associate degrees in Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts.
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